Adoption Choices of New York offers several service options for those seeking home study and Post Placement Services, as well as those seeking to use the matching/placement services of Adoption Choices of Nevada or Colorado. To begin receiving services, download the application, indicate options and mail back to Adoption Choices of New York.
NEW HOME STUDIES – After submission of the application, Adoption Choices of New York will review the application and forward you the Home Study Fee Schedules. Once you return those documents, you will receive additional forms and the document list. After all documents are submitted, a social worker will be assigned to schedule the home visit and interviews.
HOME STUDY CONVERSIONS OR UPDATES in which the original home study was done by a private social worker, an agency other than Adoption Choices or you are applying to Adoption Choices of Nevada or Colorado for placement services only. After submission of the application, have your social worker or agency submit the completed home study and supporting documents and your attorney submit a copy of your Court Certification, if applicable. After Adoption Choices of New York reviews these documents, you will receive the Home Study Fee Schedule or Post Placement Fee Schedule. Once the Agreement and Fee Schedule are returned, you will receive a list of needed documents and forms, including child abuse and criminal clearance forms, as they are agency specific and non-transferable.
If seeking only POST PLACEMENT SERVICES, the ICPC Letter will be issued after receipt of the Application, Agreement, Fee Schedule and submission of clearance forms (child abuse and proof of fingerprinting).
DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR HOME STUDY AND/OR POST PLACEMENT SUPERVISION (Partial list)View List of Documents
ADOPTIVE PARENT TRAINING
Ten hours of adoptive parent education plus a baby/child CPR course musts be completed as part of the New York home study process. This requirement may be completed through specified on-line courses through Adoption Learning Partners and/or attendance at local trainings. If you pursue an adoption placement with Adoption Choices of Nevada or Colorado, there may be additional education requirements.View List of Documents
The home study process includes a home visit and interviews with all household members, submission of all needed documentation, receiving child abuse and criminal clearances and completion of adoptive parent training. On average, the home study takes two months to complete. You will see the finished report prior to Adoption Choices of New York releasing your home study to another licensed adoption agency, an attorney, and or court for pre-certification or for finalization of the adoption. The home study is a confidential document and will only be released to those for whom you have given authorization to receive the report.View List of Documents
PRE-CERTIFICATION (RECOMMENDED) is a pre-adoption court process in New York State, which certifies (approves) applicants to adopt. The Pre-Certification process takes place in your local Family or Surrogates Court and includes an adoption attorney (of your choice) filing papers and Adoption Choices of New York submitting the home study, child abuse, and criminal clearances. Once granted, the Certification is good for 18 months.
LOCATING A BIRTHPARENT OR CHILD
Once you have an approved home study and been pre-certified, you may begin your efforts to locate an expectant parent or child. All applicant(s) may work with outreach experts who may place ads, assist with on-line listings, and field phone calls from expectant parents. New York residents may NOT work with adoption facilitators. Applicant(s) working with Adoption Choices of Nevada and Adoption Choices of Colorado for a match/placement must work with our family marketing program to create you Adoption Profile Book, design a webpage and start your on-line campaign. Adoption Choices of Nevada and Colorado or adoption attorneys (for expectant parents located in other states) will help provide or coordinate services needed for a specific adoption.
HOME STUDY UPDATES
For New York and most out of state placements, the adoption home study will need to be updated should you not have a child in your custody within 12 months. Medicals reports and clearances are good for 12 months from the date received and may need to be updated prior to a home study update. Should a specific state need additional information, a home study addendum or update will be completed.
Download the home study application.View List of Documents